Today, Aug. 28, 2020 marks the 57th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech delivered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963.
As we reflect on those tumultuous days of the 1960s, marked by race wars and street riots, some may wonder what, if anything, has changed.
Today as we remember the life, legend and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, I’d like to revisit the iconic check marked insufficient funds he spoke about. This bounced check represents an injustice in the American Dream; a slight to the dignity of what was then known as the negro community.
That bounced check represents an injustice of the American Dream; a slight to the dignity of what was then known as the negro community.
Throughout America’s history, Americans of African descent have been enslaved in the past, and are sometimes treated as second class citizens. This is so even in the America of today.
Translation? Meaning? Promises made, promises broken.
Today, if we are to believe the reports from the African American community, most recently by voices from Blacks associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties, during the RNC Convention, there is light on the horizon.
U.S. President Donald John Trump has made and kept many promises; including making good the check to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU), making good those opportunities for paychecks with an increase in the number of jobs for African Americans.
Our nation's 45th commander-in-chief has also brought about the return of nonviolent offenders to grateful families and communities.
With his Make America Great Again (MAGA) strategy, President Trump, with promises made and promises kept, and his reminder that we must worship God and not government, has produced great gains on behalf of the African-American community — and for all Americans — making good on the American dream for all Americans.
Now is the time, on this, the anniversary of "I Have a Dream," to raise our voices in unity.
Concurrently, we must decry all violence and injustice.
Dr. King once declared, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Thus — to fix that which is broken in our troubled society:
—Police brutality must cease
—Mob and vang violence must cease
—There must be a real and unified war on poverty
—Abortion and the war on the womb must cease
—The fight against religious freedom must cease
—The fight against the nuclear family must cease
Let us not also forget that human dignity matters and that God's love matters!
As Dr. King also stridently and rightfully observed, "We must learn to live together as brothers," and I add, as sisters, "or perish together as fools."
My brothers and sisters, we are one blood, one human race living in the United States.
We have so much to gain. We are not color blind. We see clearly that skin color denotes ethnicity, not race. As one blood, one race, let us rise up and live.
The dream of the Rev. lives on and will grow into greater reality as we pray and work together.
Breaking News: Jacob Blake should not be shackled. He is a human being. And non-violent protests from athletes should be heard.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
How is a Black man shackled to a hospital bed a threat; but a white man shooting at protesters is not? Answers please.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read Dr. Alveda C. King's Reports — More Here.
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